September 5, 2015

Features

On Valorizing Gay Marriage: A Response to Wesley Hill

A better approach is for us to caution as brothers and sisters in the Lord: We appreciate your faithfulness to Christ in abstaining from sexual immorality and your service of the church through your writings. Yet we are concerned that elements of an un-renewed, fleshly mentality permeate some of your thinking about “gay coupling.”

The Episcopal Church: Undermining the USA from Within (and Betraying Christians)

The Episcopal Church is complicit in a Government program to bring in Muslim refugees from Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, because the Government pays it for them—but its largesse does not extend to Christian refugees.

[Bumped] Promises, Promises: What Now for the Loyal Opposition in Mississippi?

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is on an irreversible path toward full-on celebration and normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism, and any other deviant sexual cause that becomes fashionable among the theological leftists who run the diocese.

Can Rolling Stone get us past the UVA rape of faith to the historical UVA rape?

I harp on Rolling Stone’s UVA rape myth because the irony of an Easter retraction is just too rich.  Journalists used the Christian celebration, one they flippantly discount as myth, as cover for their own lying.  But it’s just one example.

The Drunken Joy Ride of Emotion

Our desires and emotions are to be treated with extreme skepticism. Do not lead with them. I am not at all saying “don’t feel them” or “all emotional experience is bad.” Not at all. This is not Vulcan Christianity or stoicism.

Islamic Atrocities, the “Narrative of Redemption” and Christmas

The events in Sydney over the last 24 hours have not ruined Christmas. Nothing can ruin Christmas - for the coming of Jesus into the World is greater than any other event. If anything, the deaths of 3 people in the Lindt Café only serves to demonstrate just how wonderful and necessary Christmas is.

[Bumped For Very Obvious Reasons] 8.5 Things I Rejoice In This Post-Election Day

5) This isn’t the Episcopal Church. Our country is far juster, far more interested in the rule of law, far more stable, far more popular, far less vicious, and far more conservative. It is completely within our power as conservatives—with God’s help—to transform this country’s political landscape if we so choose. It will be very hard and very long. The next two years will be appallingly painful. Every week or month, we’ll be reminded of the judgement of God—and our challenge will be not to get angry, or despairing, or inactive, but rather to humble ourselves all over again, repent, acknowledge the horrible consequences of our compromises, corruption, passivity, and loss of principle, and continue turning away from the wrong path and seeking the right one.

Restarting the Game: Archbishop Welby Attempts To Hit The Reset Button

It’s not a question of “how will the Communion divide”—that division, albeit internal, has already occurred.  The further question is not “how can we all live together in the midst of our profound disagreements” but is rather “what is to be done with the Provinces which have engaged in intrinsically communion-dividing actions?”

Got Ice Water?

The idea that we shouldn’t be able to indulge in something silly like the ice-water challenge because millions of African children are dying of thirst, says nothing about the wastefulness of Americans, and everything about the utter inability of Africa to take care of itself.

The utilitarian unity of burning at the stake and abortion

The Church thought it was sparing heretics eternal torment by burning them at the stake.  Abortionists tell us they are sparing people from miserable earthly lives.  Both ways, “It’s for their own good.”

Truro Rebirth Credited to Relationship Between the Rev. Baucum and Bishop Johnston

Waypoints

After more than ten years on the front lines of the Anglican wars, I have made a major change. This past Easter vigil, my family and I were confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church.

Is the Creed “the” Sufficient Standard of Orthodoxy?

The Creeds themselves, then, require obedience to Jesus Christ as the One Lord over all things. To profess the Creed but reject the word of God as revealed in the scriptures regarding marriage and sexuality is incoherent.

Stand Firm is 10 Years Old Today

In true Tom Sawyer fence-whitewashing style, I have minions who keep the site humming, while I sit in the shade chewing a blade of grass and complimenting them on their fine efforts.

Three Excuses for Bishop Salmon’s Inexcusable Invitation

Can you imagine what Paul might say to this kind of hair splitting? The Galatians respond to Paul’s letter: “Dear Paul, you wrote that the Judaizers are accursed and eternally condemned and that we ought not to listen to them because they teach a gospel that damns…but how about we let them preach to our pastors in training?

60 Theses on Real Integrity in the Anglican Church

The refusal to affirm a truth (particularly when it is a truth about God) is often just another way of denying it, but without taking responsibility for your denial. This is therefore a double dishonesty which only compounds the deceit.

“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”

A modern city provides the visual for words evoking the historic catastrophe.  It can happen again, and that isn’t just a function of natural cycles.  There are moral and even supernatural forces in play.  There’s always a sense that Pompeii had it coming.  It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah for folks who don’t want to admit to that Old Testament God stuff.

The Week

TEC Reality

6 Facing reality is sometimes difficult. “The church outgrew the congregation,” he said. “We were getting older and our growth was slow.” It is always a little bit disconcerting when a group that…

Standing up to the Obergefellers

16 The clerk elected by the voters of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been sent to jail by a Kentucky federal judge, for refusing to perform an act which she cannot legally do under existing…

Trans Boy Pushes, Girls Push Back

10 The latest in the growing series of transgender episodes in the public schools is coming from Hillsboro, Missouri, where a young man who used to identify as a male homosexual now identifies as a straight…

Falling Fetuses

2 Didn’t get to this yesterday–I do have a real life, believe it or not–but the Center for Medical Progress put out their ninth video yesterday. Here it is: The…

[Oz] New Diocese of Gippsland Appointment Raises Fresh Concerns

3 Long-time readers will remember we reported back in 2012 on the appointment of Rev. David Head in the Australian Diocese of Gippsland. The appointment caused controversy at the time since Rev. Head was known to…

Theocrat Watch

6 A collection of the Usual Suspects* of the Christian Left have written to the U.S. Congress, urging the passage of the Iran nuclear deal. They write: As Christian leaders in the United…

Fifty LIvers, With a Nice Chianti

6 If you were disgusted by the trailer for video #8 from the Center for Medical Progress, you’ll lose your lunch over the director’s cut: Nice to know…

Perfect Partners

4 From the “Support You’d Rather Not Have” file, via the Washington Examiner: Satan worshipers launched a counter-protest against pro-lifers outside the Detriot [sic] and Ferndale, Michigan Planned Parenthood locations Saturday. Clad in…

Trigger Warnings Are For Liberals Only

4 So it seems that Duke University, in a desperate attempt to beclown itself, has assigned a comic book for summer reading by incoming freshmen. The book in question, entitled Fun Home, is described this way…

Where Do You Stand on This Great Gift from God?

10 Do you know where you stand on abortion?  Are you apathetic and indifferent??  Are you firmly planted in your stance or have you decided to live on the razor sharp edge of ambivalence moving from…

StemExpress: Not Just About Baby Parts (UPDATED)

1 In what might be considered a surprise move, the Center for Medical Progress has released their eighth video this afternoon. This one focuses more on StemExpress, which helps explain the unusual Friday afternoon timing, according…

An Uplifting Story of Love and Determination

4 Work levels have prevented my blogging much lately. Rather than add to the gruesome news of beheadings and baby dismemberments, I will use a brief respite to call your attention to this inspiring article by…

Planned Parenthood: Infanticide Inc.

13 The latest Center for Medical Progress video came out this morning, and it looks like the worst one yet. I’m not sure about the legal definitions, but this looks an awful lot like Planned Parenthood…

Canada Headed Over Cliff

3 Is freedom of religion available only to Islam?

Barbarians Who Practice Religion of Peace Behead 82-Year Old Archaeologist

3 Our president seems to think global warming climate change is the greatest threat today.  Is there no end?  ISIS militants have beheaded an 82-year-old archaeologist who…

Recent Comments

Nikolaus - TEC Reality

I just checked the home page for the remaining parish in Port Huron and saw exactly what I expected to see: WELCOME TO GRACE Come as you are! Not sure what you believe? Grace is…

Nikolaus - TEC Reality

St. Paul’s is closing and merging with Grace in Port Huron, whose rector is Lydia Speller.  I’ve met Lydia a few times and know her reputation.  I can’t say that I expect great things out…

Gartenfrau - TEC Reality

I live south of Port Huron in Macomb County and I can tell you that all the TEC churches here are hurting.  When we first moved to the area 20 years ago there were two…

Undergroundpewster - Standing up to the Obergefellers

#15 Little Myrmidon, Civil disobedience only works in one direction. Otherwise it is considered breaking the law.

Undergroundpewster - TEC Reality

Looking at heir stats, they lost half their ASA after 2003 which is likely due to a certain +VGR. Since then they have somehow tottered along with 30-40 congregants. That is one priest for 15-20…

Jackie - TEC Reality

The “liturgical stuff” comment reminded me of one of the many disputes I had with the RC educational system.  One Christmas I was appalled (very mild word compared to my actual reaction) when the sixth…

Eastern Anglican - TEC Reality

Wow, can you believe the new thing is not drawing in people fast enough to keep churches open?  I thought adapting to the changing religious market by giving them everything they want and can get…

The Little Myrmidon - Standing up to the Obergefellers

So, why is this not being hailed as a prime example of “Civil Disobedience”? Thoreau was: “...imprisoned for breaking the law. Because he detested slavery and because tax revenues contributed to the support of it,…

Dick Mitchell - Standing up to the Obergefellers

I doubt that Justice Taney will be able to spring Davis from the lockup.  She may not have been a party to Obergefell, but she is a party to the case before Judge Bunning.  That…

A. S. Haley - Standing up to the Obergefellers

Dick Mitchell (#9), I don’t see her conduct as “nullifying” Obergefell—I agree that no individual (except a fifth Supreme Court Justice who joins with its minority the next time around) can do that. She’s just…

Timothy Fountain - Standing up to the Obergefellers

Looks like a judge in TN follows your line of thought, Allan.

Katherine - Standing up to the Obergefellers

The interference with state and local law coming from Congress and the federal executive and courts is becoming a larger problem in general.  Numerous states are crafting ways to avoid complying with what they consider…

Paul B - Standing up to the Obergefellers

A S Haley #8 - Yes, I’m a Washingtonian (really a suburban Virginian) and get the Post.  I do like Volokh’s legal analysis - almost as much as yours  

Dick Mitchell - Standing up to the Obergefellers

Davis cannot nullify the Supreme Court decision, goofy as it may be.  The Supreme Court—and other courts—regularly issue decisions that reasonable folks conclude are contrary to law, reason, common sense, and our understanding of our…

A. S. Haley - Standing up to the Obergefellers

Paul B [#7}, if you’re so inclined, here is a very interesting discussion of that point by law professor Eugene Volokh.

Paul B - Standing up to the Obergefellers

She sought an elected office and now won’t perform the duties of that office.  I think that makes this different than the baker or florist cases.  I don’t see the point in running for office…